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This Valentine's Day, we're sharing the love with you as we feature some of the stories from our beneficiaries and partners that filled our heart.

Shopping for a person who has everything—or want to gift something more meaningful? We’ve put together our favorite suggestions for when you're searching for gifts that can help you make a difference while delighting your recipient.

On December 8, 2022, Operation Warm reached a major milestone - serving our 5 millionth child! Thank you to everyone who has gotten us to where we are today - Here’s to serving the next five million with #Morethanacoat!

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is the largest giving day of the year. Check out these 10 simple ways that you join the millions participating this year and give back on Giving Tuesday!

Halloween is a highlight of the year for kids—but this delightfully spooky holiday also comes with an increased risk of injury. Protect your young trick-or-treaters by following these essential tips for a safe and fun Halloween!

In a follow up from Operation Warm's last poverty update in March, we're seeing that relief from inflation has yet to become a reality for many who are struggling. Learn more about how poverty is currently impacting many Americans and how we can support those in need.

To celebrate this last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month we're highlighting a few of the many faces at Operation Warm. Read how their Hispanic and Latino roots empower them to engage with the communities we serve.

Remote work comes with tons of benefits, but one of the challenges can be keeping your team engaged and connected. 71% of workers say they find it imperative or very important to work for a company that supports giving and volunteering so we put together a list of ways that you can do just that!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — Students at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary got a head start on Thursday bundling up for the winter months.

SHREVEPORT, La. - Volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Vantage Health Plan and Healthy Blue are handing out new coats to more than 1,000 children at Monroe, Shreveport, and Bossier City schools this week.

Operation Warm partnered with Cardinal Health to help provide free brand-new coats and shoes to the children in Columbus.

Hundreds of kids in the greater Columbus area now have coats to keep warm this winter.

Back-to-school time means changes for the whole family. As a parent, here’s how you can prepare for the new school year and help your kids get ready to learn and thrive.

Ambitions for a successful school year may be high, but so are the costs for back-to-school supplies. In its 15th annual back-to-school survey, Deloitte, an international tax consulting firm, found that parents and guardians are spending approximately 27% more on school supplies than in 2019. But Operation Warm, a nationwide nonprofit organization that has provided coats to children in need for 23 years, will be working to provide students with shoes.

Operation Warm's Executive Director, Grace Sica, had the opportunity to speak with Adrienne Bankert on the financial hardships parents are experiencing this back-to-school season and how Operation Warm's #SchoolReady initiative is helping kids across the country as they make their way back into school.

Back to school season has begun, but with inflation rising and the days ticking down before the first day of school - it can be difficult to get everything your child needs to be school ready. Take a look at our ultimate checklist for back to school and where you can get supplies if you can't afford them!

Brenda Lee, Operation Warm's VP of Marketing, speaks on the critical need for brand-new shoes and coats for children this upcoming school year.

Summer is a great time to be a kid, but it can also lead to an increase in preventable injuries. Here's a list of ways to help kids enjoy a summer of fun while playing safely.

In the spirit of Independence Day, we’ve rounded up some kid-friendly activities and events in major cities throughout the U.S. Check out this blog to break out the sparklers and find a celebration near you!

For the second year in a row, Operation Warm is embarking on a Summer Kicks initiative to gift brand-new shoes to kids in need across the country and encourage safe outdoor play.

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate dad or another father figure you love—Let him know how much you care by saying thank you. Here are five reasons to say thank you this Sunday.

Operation Warm is all about getting outside this summer so, we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite free or low-cost activities that are perfect for warm weather!

May is Leave a Legacy Month, a time to create awareness around the impact and benefits of leaving a planned gift. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the organizations and causes that are most important to you and plan how you can help sustain them far into the future.

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate motherhood and the moms you love—whether these maternal figures were with you from birth or entered your life through acts of love and caring. Here are five reasons to say thank you this Sunday.

Another year into the COVID-19 pandemic, low-income families continue to exact a steep toll. Learn more about the long term effects and it's impact in the communities we serve.

For Operation Warm, inclusion, respect, kindness, and empathy have always been at the heart of our organization. Here are a ways you can participate in Black History Month with the children in your life.

MLK Day is a day dedicated to service and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. As the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, we’re providing you with some inspiration to get out and serve! 

Whether you have a few hours to dedicate to service or you are looking for a long-term volunteer opportunity, we want to encourage you to experience the benefits of volunteering for yourself.

Operation Warm is grateful for the support we have received from our government partners in 2021, enabling us to expand our reach to more children in need.

Gigi Ganatra from Nordstrom writes an Operation Warm guest blog post on how they're giving back.

Here's everything you need to know as you plan your end-of-year charitable giving.

Beyond physical warmth, our coats and shoes help children feel the confidence they need to socialize and succeed, the emotional warmth that comes from knowing the community cares, and hope for a bright future.

Whether you’re a nonprofit or individual fundraising for one this Giving Tuesday, learn how to make the most out of your social media.

As everyone heads into the Fall season, Operation Warm is entering a different season of our own– coat season!

Wish List sponsorship allows us to provide coats to the kids who need your help the most.

In memory of Richard Sanford Jr., Operation Warm, together with the Cherry Creek Rotary Club hosted a giving event to provide a pair of athletic shoes to every Pre-K thru 3rd grade student at Paris Elementary in Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday, August 26th.

Our team shares some inspiring stories about the teachers who impacted their lives positively and meaningfully.

Family Foundations have been a key ally in helping meet the needs of children.

With school winding down and summer quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of 10 activities that you can do for free with kids to make up for a summer spent indoors last year.

As our mission expands, our goal remains the same. Through all the accomplishments and milestones we reached last year, we’re stepping up to the challenge to help even more children in need this year.

Inspiration for charitable giving is just a click away. It's never too early or too late to start giving back.

Our Warm Soles initiative is stepping up to the challenge of filling the need for shoes that inspire confidence and encourage outdoor play for so many children and families across North America.

In a year filled with more need than ever before, many of us are left wondering how we can do more, give more, and help more. Operation Warm is putting our tagline ‘More Than A Coat’ to the test and reflecting on what more really means to us.

In times of uncertainty, understanding the communities we serve at a higher level is just as critical as knowing members of those communities on a more personal basis.

Over 7,000 Columbus children from low-income families will receive brand-new, athletic style shoes courtesy of Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

There’s more than one way to carry out our mission, and we proved to ourselves that we can adapt quickly when we need to. One thing that will never change: our commitment to the kids we serve.

Seven Southern New Jersey Organizations show that the more we come together, the more impactful our efforts are during Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore.

Amid the complexities of confronting child poverty, there’s something beautifully simple—and powerful—about meeting a basic need.

Operation Warm is proud to partner with Cigna who is gifting warmth, confidence, and hope to so many children in need. Read more about Sara Quist, Director of Community Engagement at Cigna New England, and her experiences with Operation Warm.

While early help eased the initial economic impact of the pandemic, individuals and families in the United States are once again struggling to stay out of poverty.

Our Impact

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  • Children Served


  • Communities Served


  • 2021 Volunteer Hours


  • IGS Energy
  • Rite Aid
  • Exelon
  • Money Mart
  • Elks National Foundation, Inc.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Pat's Coats for Kids
  • Morgan Stanley
  • WW Smith
  • Lazard
  • Wells Fargo
  • Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation
  • Benjamin Moore
  • FedEx
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Delilah Home
  • Thomas
  • Rotary Districts
  • Mountain America
    Mountain America
  • The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates
  • TJX
  • bpx energy
  • Delta
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Gerber
  • IAFF Local 2068 Fairfax County
  • PNC
  • Nordstrom
  • EQT
  • AccuWeather
  • Operation North Pole
  • Rock 99.9 KISW
  • Scott Spino Foundation
  • Heinz
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